Russian chamber-prog duo Iamthemorning have been added to the Prog Stage on Sunday 30th July at The Rambiin’ Man Fair. And though not yet confirmed on the website, Summer’s End have posted on Twitter that they’ll also be the Friday night headliners on October 6th
Disappointingly for many prog fans, especially those who bought full weekend tickers before the bill was announced, the Prog Stage at RMF is just on the Sunday this year, with a hard rock stage taking its place on the Saturday. Fortunately single day tickets are available.
Emerald Mind plays a unique mixture of power and progressive metal with one of the most professional female vocalists on the Russian metal scene Svetlana Vysotskaya.
The band released a new video for the song “Astronaut In Her Space” from their second album “Civilization”. This song draws parallels between the depths of the universe and a human mind. One person explores the other one like a spaceship, drifting among the space. Anyway even if you are far from philosophy you can just enjoy powerful riffs, catchy melodies and exceptional vocal of beautiful Svetlana!
Give it a listen, and see what you think. Catsuits seem to be back in fashion again. I blame Space Elevator.
Cairo will be playing Boston Music Rooms on 31st March with the prog-metal power trio Kyrbgrinder as support, billed as “Scarab Spring”. The band also confirm that Lisa Driscoll, who stepped in at very short notice for the November launch shows is now a permanent member of the band.
We are pleased to be playing this London show in advance of the Nineteen-73 Promotions Stephen Lambe Birthday Special at Bilston on 2nd April.
We are even more pleased that the mighty Kyrbgrinder, who are enjoying something of a renaissance, will be launching proceedings with their powerful sound and massive drumming from one of the best in the business – the inimitable Johanne James, also, of course, of Threshold fame. With Lisa Driscoll now a permanent fixture in Cairo – this will very much be a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ show, although whether that reflects band playing order will be for others to decide…!”.
Sad news for fans of Canadian pomp-rockers Saga; the band have decided to call it a day after 40 years. Their current 2017 tour will be their last, and their appearance on 2018′s “Cruise to the Edge” will be their final show. They put this announcement (sorry, no accessible version) on their web page.
I’ve only seen Saga live the once, at an early 80s Reading Festival very early in their career, and their swirling keyboard-heavy science-fiction music made a pretty strong impression. It’s always sad when a band reaches the end of the road, but 40 years is a good innings by anyone’s standards. And it can’t have been an easy decision to make.
Former Touchstone lead singer Kim “Elkie” Seviour” returns to the live stage after a long absence, sharing a bill with her old band at Trinity Live on 27th May at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.
After a while of radio silence, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be showcasing all-new material at Trinity festival in Leamington on May 27th. As with the previous Trinity, we’ll be raising money for Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Relief, and I’ll be sharing a lineup with the Touchstone clan. I can’t wait to see you there!
It’s been a while, but we’re glad to have Kim back.
With the Friday night headliner still to be confirmed, Frost* will headline on Saturday night, with The Tangent and Karmakanic co-headlining on Sunday.
The bill also includes Franck Carducci, Maschine, Southern Empire, Elephants of Scotland, Midnight Sun, Half Past Four, Karobow and Weenbo. If you haven’t heard of half of those, neither have I, but that’s the whole point of Summer’s End. It’s not one of those festivals with a predictable lineup heavy with heritage acts; it’s all about new discoveries, and brings in bands from Australia and the US who seldom perform in the UK
The festival will be held on October 6th to 8th 2017 at The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow.
Fish has announced an eleven-date UK tour in December 2017 including two nights at London’s Islington Assembly. The dates are as follows:
Fri 8 Leeds University
Sat 9 Manchester o2 Ritz
Sun 10 Leamington Assembly
Tue 12 Cardiff Tramshed
Wed 13 Bristol o2 Academy
Fri 15 London Islington Assembly
Sat 16 London Islington Assembly
Tues 19 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 20 Newcastle Wylam Brewery
Thurs 21 Glasgow o2 ABC
Billed the “Weltschmerz- Clutching at Straws tour”, the shows will feature a full performance of Marillion’s 1987 album “Clutching at Straws” alongside material from his forthcoming album “Weltschmerz”.
These will be his only 2017 live appearances, though a European tour is planned for 2018.